The client should be the center and focus of any legal representation. I strive to... more
The client should be the center and focus of any legal representation. I strive to listen carefully to my clients, identify with them their problems, and find the best solution available. Each client brings a unique set of issues and concerns, and customizing and successfully implementing a solution is what constitutes a successful legal representation. Within ethical restraints, what is bes... view profile
When legal counsel is needed, the individuals involved are oftentimes facing issues... more
When legal counsel is needed, the individuals involved are oftentimes facing issues that may be stressful, confusing or overwhelming. I strive to guide my clients through the process with empathy and compassion, while zealously advocating on their behalf.
Lou has been a private panel trustee with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the... more
Lou has been a private panel trustee with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York for over 30 years. He is often engaged as attorney for the debtor, attorney for the Trustee and attorney for Creditors. Lou has actively participated in the Monroe County Bar Association as founding Chairman of the Bankruptcy Court Committee and as a Trustee for the Bar Association.... view profile
Philip L. Burke is a partner in the firm's Family Wealth and Estate Planning... more
Philip L. Burke is a partner in the firm's Family Wealth and Estate Planning Department. He concentrates his practice in estate planning, charitable giving, estate administration, probate, estate tax law and long term care planning. He works closely with clients and their advisors to develop appropriate estate plans for them and their families, including drafting of Last Wills and Testaments, R... view profile
Marcus W. Kroll is an associate in the firm and a member of the Family Wealth and... more
Marcus W. Kroll is an associate in the firm and a member of the Family Wealth and Estate Planning Department. He concentrates his practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Estate and Trust Litigation, Long Term Care Planning, Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Planning, Guardianships, and Planning for unique family situations such as same-sex couples, LGBT clients... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.